August 20 and 27 Are Laugh Times at the Strand Theater, Lakewood

Posted on August 10, 2022 By

Have some laughs on August 20 for an evening of stand-up comedy with John Kurschner, Ken Krantz and Sue Golden at the Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, N.J.

John Kurschner served as a producer in ‘21 of the New York Comedy Festival (SI show); producer of 5th Borough Comedy Festival (5 years); producer AppleJacks comedy (9 years); and has performed at many major clubs all over the Tri-State Area, including Gotham, Comic Strip, Stress Factory, and Atlantic City’s Tropicana, Bally’s, and Caesar’s.

Ken Krantz, an actor and writer, is known for What’s New in New York (2013), The Roast of Rich Vos (2018), and All Star Comedy Show (2020). Krantz is a regular at the famous North Brunswick’s Stress Factory.

Sue Golden’s perspective on everyday topics will have you saying, “That happens to me all the time!” Golden, a New York native, was part of the 2021 NY Comedy Fest and is a regular headliner for the 5th Borough Comedy Festival.

Tickets cost $25.00 each. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; show begins at 8:00p.m.

Enjoy more comedy at the Strand Theater on August 27 for the show Comedy Stars of Monmouth, featuring Joseph Anthony, from Howell, New Jersey. Anthony, the Headliner, has been seen on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and ABC’s The View; Borgata Casino Comedy Club, Atlantic City; Las Vegas Comedy Festival Winner at the Tropicana; and comedy clubs nationwide.

Anthony has also been heard on Howard Stern, Sirius/XM radio; Raw Dog, comedy channel, Sirius/XM radio; NJ101.5 with Big Joe Henry and Steve Trevelise. Anthony also can be seen on YouTube, NoFiltr Comedy Show; and is the head writer and sitcom script consultant for a new pilot, American Fun.

Tickets cost $30 each. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; show begins 8:00 p.m.

For more information, call the The Strand Theater at 732-367-7789 or visit www.strand.org

COVID POLICY: The Strand has continued to monitor local, county and state COVID-19 metrics and guidelines with the goal of reducing risk and maintaining the health and well-being of our audiences, artists, and staff. Proof of vaccination or a negative test will no longer be required; and masks will no longer be mandatory although STRONGLY recommended.
Many staff and volunteers may continue to remain masked, as will patrons. Please respect the choices of others no matter their decision. We, at The Strand, will continue to monitor recommendations from the State of New Jersey, the CDC, and local boards of health and will adjust our COVID policy, as necessary.
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About the Strand Theater: The historic Strand Theater, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit at 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, was designed by world-renowned theater architect Thomas Lamb in 1922 and is listed on the N.J. and National Register of Historic Places. The Strand offers year-round entertainment in plush, air-conditioned surroundings. It is a perfect venue to showcase comedians, musicals, dinner theater, stars from television and movies, and legendary musical entertainers. The reception gallery includes a catering facility for 80 people, a dance floor, and restrooms. It is ideal for theater-in-the-round, smaller events and receptions.

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Rob Sickel Named the 2022 TIME Dealer of the Year for the North East

Posted on August 8, 2022 By

Rob Sickel, third-generation owner of Pine Belt Cars, Lakewood, was named 2022 Time Dealer of the Year for the North East. Only one person is named from each region of the United States. In 2009, Rob Sickel’s dad David also won the Dealer of the Year for the North East!

Jim Appleton, president of the N.J. Coalition of Automotive Retailers, nominated Sickel for this award, one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious honors, recognizing vehicle dealers for their exceptional industry accomplishments and their commitment to community service.

Among other community contributions, Sickel has served on the board of trustees, and the medical policy and community action committees of Monmouth Medical Center and the Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus Foundation (MMCSC). When the COVID-19 vaccines became available but the vaccination rates among minority members of his community low, Sickel organized a Minority Vaccination Program with MMCSC that focused on vaccine education and access for those who did not have online technology. His team also met with leaders of various local churches and community organizations, which resulted in a substantial rise of vaccination rates among the local minority community.

In 2012, following devastating Superstorm Sandy, Sickel helped launch the Restore the Shore campaign through his ERGO clothing company, selling T-shirts with all proceeds going to storm victims. Sickel said. “We were able to donate $300,000 directly to local families and spearheaded efforts to collect, organize, and ship out $5 million worth of donated goods to families in need.”

Sickel and Pine Belt dealerships also support a wide variety of organizations that serve the community’s health, educational, social, and recovery needs. Sickel is very proud of his company’s sponsorship of the Toms River Field of Dreams, a playground and sports complex designed for children and adults with disabilities.

“Rob is the latest example of the exceptional neighborhood new car dealers that call New Jersey home,” said Jim Appleton, President of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJ CAR). He should be proud of this incredible honor.”

For more information call 888-3-PineBelt or 732-363-6244 or visit www.pinebeltcars.com

About Pine Belt Cars: Pine Belt Cars, 1088 Route 88, Lakewood, NJ 08701, is a family-owned and operated New Jersey car dealer representing Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Subaru, and Mazda brands. Pine Belt is very committed to philanthropically to supporting its local community, including local Little Leagues United Way of Ocean County, Lakewood Police Department, Jewish Federation, and the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council, among others.

Pine Belt Cars was founded in 1937 by Leon Sickel. After graduating Franklin & Marshall and serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, his son David Sickel joined the family business and became the dealer in 1975. When David retired in 2019, his son Robert Sickel became the current president and CEO of Pine Belt Cars, a third-generation dealer. For more information visit www.pinebeltcars.com.

About The New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers: The New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJ CAR) was founded in 1918 and is a non-profit organization serving more than 500 franchised new car and truck retailers throughout New Jersey. NJ CAR educates its members on a variety of business matters, practices, trends, and legislation and works to ensure they are aware of all State and federal regulatory compliance requirements.

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New Executive Team at Pine Belt

Posted on August 2, 2022 By

Ken Martin, who joined Pine Belt in 1981, has retired as Vice President after 41 years. With his retirement, two members of the management team were promoted to directors in the company.

Joe Pagano, an Ocean County resident, who has been employed by Pine Belt since 2008, was recently promoted from Business Development Manager to Director of Business Development and Marketing. Pagano is responsible for the managing a 20-person team that handles more than 2000 inquires a month for the sales and service departments.

Pagano started with about 70 Internet vehicle deliveries a month. That figure is now 350+ deliveries a month. In 2015, the automotive industry’s leading customer relations management tool provider, Dealer Socket, named Pagano and his team the winner of their annual Internet Department of the Year Award.

Before joining Pine Belt, Pagano was a mortgage broker at Shore Lending Group, a banking company, where 100 percent of the leads were Internet or phone-based. Pagano attended Rutgers University and Montclair State University, with concentrations in biology and finance.

Dan Ariel, Jackson, who has been General Manager of Pine Belt Chevrolet for 26 years, has been promoted to Director of Variable Operations. In this position he will oversee all aspects of sales at four of the Pine Belt dealerships, supervise employees, and manage all aspects of customer satisfaction.

Before joining Pine Belt, Ariel managed the used car lot, and was responsible for wholesale and used car purchases at a Toyota dealership in Eatontown.

A graduate of Jackson Memorial High School, Jackson, Ariel earned an associate’s degree from Berkeley College, New Jersey, in business management. Ariel holds certifications in the National Auto Dealers Association and the Association of Finance and Insurance Professionals, among many others.

About Pine Belt Cars: Pine Belt Cars, 1088 Route 88, Lakewood, NJ 08701, is a family-owned and operated New Jersey car dealer that offers new or pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs. Pine Belt Cars specializes in Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Subaru cars. The dealership employs a professional team of service technicians with the skills and equipment to handle all manner of maintenance and repairs, and has a full stock of authentic parts.

Pine Belt Cars has four dealerships in Lakewood, N.J., and is very committed philanthropically to local communities. Some of Pine Belt’s philanthropic affiliations include sponsoring the Pine Belt Arena, Lakewood Little League, United Way of Ocean County, Lakewood Police Department, Jewish Federation, and the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.

Pine Belt Cars was founded in 1937 by Leon Sickel. After graduating Franklin & Marshall and serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, his son David Sickel joined the family business and became the dealer in 1975. When David retired in 2019, his son Robert Sickel became the current president and CEO of Pine Belt Cars, a third-generation dealer. Robert Sickel graduated from the University of Miami.

For more information call 888-3-PineBelt or 732-363-6244 or visit www.pinebeltcars.com

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August 10 Virtual Meeting of Health Care Networking Group

Posted on July 25, 2022 By

Meet others in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services, at the free monthly virtual meeting of the New Jersey Health Care Networking Group on Wednesday, August 10. The Zoom meeting is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The V.I.P. Member Spotlight and host for August is Press Communications, LLC (Radio Stations: Thunder 106.3 and 106.5; The Boss, 107.1; B98.5; and WHTG 1410 AM.)

To register for the Zoom link, email Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, the group’s premier sponsor, at lisa@preferredcares.com. Sponsorship opportunities to showcase your business as a VIP Sponsor are available for September, November, and December. For more information about the N.J. Health Care Networking Group, visit www.njhcnet.com.

Being a New Jersey Health Care Networking Group member is always FREE; however, new subscription plans are now available. Consider the Paid Member Yearly Plan with extra benefits for $50 a year or Speakers Bureau Yearly Plan for $250 a year.

For more than 30 years, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services has been providing medical and non-medical home health care services to infants, children, adults, and seniors throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

About Press Communication, LLC: Press Communication, LLC, reaches more than 604,000 people per week. Its broadcast brands provide the reach and frequency necessary for delivering your message to local, loyal, and highly motivated audiences. Through Digital Marketing, Press Communications offers a wide range of cross-device, Omni-channel digital marketing solutions. Reach the right audience by utilizing highly targeted programmatic, direct, search, and social advertising campaigns designed to generate results.

Paid Member Yearly Plan includes the ability to search the members’ database; entry in the lottery to host a monthly meeting; access to NJHCNET website; unlimited event postings on the NJHCNET website; opportunity to display an ad on the Member Benefit page; and admittance to all monthly New Jersey Health Care Networking Group meetings.

Speakers Bureau Yearly Plan includes a complete profile and page on the NJHCNET website; the ability to search the members’ database; entry in the lottery to host a monthly meeting; access to the NJHCNET website, unlimited event postings on the NJHCNET website; opportunity to display an ad on the Member Benefits page; and admittance to all monthly New Jersey Health Care Networking Group meetings.

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Pine Belt Cars Supports the Pt. Pleasant Beach Board of Ed – Wins Naming Rights for Five Years

Posted on July 12, 2022 By

Rob Sickel, owner of Pine Belt Cars, Lakewood, announced that Pine Belt has won the bid from the Point Pleasant Beach Board of Education for the naming rights of the High School Gymnasium and its Athletic Complex, off Niblick, Cooks Lane, and Yale and Trenton avenues, Point Pleasant Beach, for the next five years. The Complex will be known as The Pine Belt Athletic Complex at Point Pleasant Beach School District.

Sickel said, “We are so honored that the Point Pleasant Beach Board of Education accepted our bid, and we are excited that Pine Belt Cars is being recognized for its commitment to education and athletic youth programs.”

The support of Pine Belt Cars will help offset the costs of such upgrades as fencing, lighting, and renovations to the fields, for example. The Complex is used for high school and middle school graduation; New Jersey Special Olympics events; and the practice and games of the Pt. Pleasant beach Borough High School football team, and boys’ and girls’ soccer and track teams. It is also used for the marching band, elementary gym classes, both district and state-wide events, and community programs.

About Pine Belt Cars: Pine Belt Cars, 1088 Route 88, Lakewood, NJ 08701, is a family-owned and operated New Jersey car dealer that offers new or pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs. Pine Belt Cars specializes in Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Subaru cars. The dealership employs a professional team of service technicians with the skills and equipment to handle all manner of maintenance and repairs, and has a full stock of authentic parts.

Pine Belt Cars has four dealerships in Lakewood, N.J., and is very committed philanthropically to local communities. Some of Pine Belt’s philanthropic affiliations include sponsoring the Pine Belt Arena, Lakewood Little League, United Way of Ocean County, Lakewood Police Department, Jewish Federation, and the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.

Pine Belt Cars was founded in 1937 by Leon Sickel. After graduating Franklin & Marshall and serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, his son David Sickel joined the family business and became the dealer in 1975. When David retired in 2019, his son Robert Sickel became the current president and CEO of Pine Belt Cars, a third-generation dealer. Robert Sickel graduated from the University of Miami.

For more information call 888-3-PineBelt or 732-363-6244 or visit www.pinebeltcars.com

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Lakewood Shade Tree Commission to Celebrate Arbor Day at the Lakewood Historical Museum

Posted on July 5, 2022 By

To commemorate Arbor Day, the Lakewood Township Committee and the Lakewood Shade Tree Commission will hold its annual Arbor Day Ceremony at the Sheldon Wolpin Historical Museum, Pine Park, Lakewood, on Friday, July 8 at 3:00 p.m.

The Shade Tree Commission members have planted three Kousa Dogwood trees, known as Chinese Dogwoods. According to Vice Chairman Craig Theibault these particular dogwoods have a later blooming time.

Arbor Day, first celebrated in 1872 in the United States, encourages individuals and groups to plant trees because of their environmental importance. Shade Tree Commission members hold Arbor Day celebrations the last Friday in April each year and have planted hundreds of trees throughout the town. Lakewood has been awarded “Tree City USA” for the past 38 years for its outstanding urban forestry.

Shade Tree Commission members include Chairman Moshe Raitzik, Vice Chairman Craig Theibault, Tzvi Gordon, Raphael Miller, Harrison Pfeffer, and Secretary Mary Kay Malec.
Lakewood Deputy Mayor Menashe Miller is the Commission’s liaison to the Township Committee. The Township Committee appoints members to the Shade Tree Commission.

For more information, contact either Moshe Raitzik at geshmak1@yahoo.com. or Craig Theibault at 908-278-4165.

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Job Fair – July 16 at the Strand Theater

Posted on July 4, 2022 By

Lights! Camera! Action! The board of the Stand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, is holding a job fair July 16 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Available positions are Box Office Manager, Theater Manager, stage hands, ushers, interns, volunteers, and people for the concession stands. Volunteers are needed but paid positions include those for concessions, box office, ushers, and techs, according to their experience. Be sure to bring a resume and references.

R.S.V.P. to amy@strand.org or to karen@strand.org.

About the Strand Theater: The historic Strand Theater, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit at 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, was designed by world-renowned theater architect Thomas Lamb in 1922 and is listed on the N.J. and National Register of Historic Places. The Strand offers year-round entertainment in plush, air-conditioned surroundings. It is a perfect venue to showcase comedians, musicals, dinner theater, stars from television and movies, and legendary musical entertainers. The reception gallery includes a catering facility for 80 people, a dance floor, and restrooms. It is ideal for theater-in-the-round, smaller events and receptions.

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Two More Lakewood Twp. Consumption (Restaurant) Liquor Licenses Available for Bid

Posted on June 30, 2022 By

Because the sale of Lakewood Township’s Consumption (Restaurant) Liquor License was so successful this month, the Lakewood Township Committee has authorized the sale of two more licenses.

Under New Jersey law, all bidders must be qualified to have a liquor license in order to bid. Interested bidders can obtain Bidder’s Instructions and an Application Packet, including required forms necessary to be a bidder, from the Office of the Township Clerk, Lakewood Municipal Building, 231 Third Street, Lakewood, NJ 08701, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Forms can also be downloaded from the Township website at www.lakewoodnj.gov.

An application to qualify to bid for a license, must be handed into the Lakewood Township Clerk’s Office, Lakewood Municipal Building, by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21. Qualified bidders will have until Thursday, September 1, 2022, by 4:00 p.m. to hand in their sealed bids.

The minimum acceptable bid is Two Hundred Thirty-Three Thousand ($233,000.00) Dollars and the Township of Lakewood reserves the right not to accept the highest bid and to reject any and all bids offered.

An announcement of the qualified bidders will be made Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. in Lakewood Municipal Building, Conference Room C.

For more information, contact Lauren Kirkman, JD, RMC, CMR, Township Clerk and Registrar of Vital Statistics, at twpclerk@lakewoodnj.gov or call 732-364-2500 ext. 5970.

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Drop Off Center Hours Extended until September for Lakewood Residents

Posted on June 30, 2022 By

Phil Roux, the Lakewood Township director of Public Works, has announced that Public Works is extending the hours of the Public Works Resident Drop Off Center, 1 America Way, Lakewood, beginning July 5, 2022.

The Township Drop Off Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, until September 2, 2022. After that, the Drop Off Center will close at 3:00 p.m.

Typical drop off items include cardboard, electronics, excess plastic and glass, furniture, etc. A box is available or clothing and shoe donations.

Prohibited items include paint; household chemicals; commercial construction and/or demolition materials; large amounts of wood, cabinets, drywall, sheetrock, plaster and concrete. All materials brought to the Drop Off Center can be denied at the discretion of its management.

For more information, call Lakewood Public Works at 732-905-3405 or email lakewoodrequests@lakewoodnj.gov.

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Students at College Achieve Charter School, Patterson, Attended Crossroads Theater

Posted on June 29, 2022 By

Through the efforts of Monica Weeks, operations manager of Crossroad Theater, New Brunswick, and several donors, 32 middle and high school students from College Achieve College Achieve Paterson Charter School (CAPS), Paterson, had an opportunity to see the play “Freedom Rider” at no charge.

Weeks said, “We are so pleased that students were able to see a play and expand the cultural experience most students do not have.”

Michael Piscal, the founder and CEO of CAPS, said, “We’re so grateful for the generosity of Crossroads Theater and their donors for providing our students from College Achieve Paterson this enriching, eye-opening cultural experience. For many of our students this was the first time they had attended a play; and it is wonderful to see their cultural horizons expanded and their knowledge of history increased. We hope this experience will spark a desire within our student body to embrace theater as we work to expand our arts program at College Achieve Public Schools.”

Serving grades K through 12, the mission of College Achieve College Achieve Paterson Charter School Charter School (CAPS), Paterson, is to prepare all students to excel in and graduate from the top colleges and universities in the nation.

Piscal said, “We believe an important part of that preparation is to offer our students opportunities to experience the arts and to increase their social capital.”

Brenda Ross Dulan, who has been on the governing board for six years, and will be honored in September with the Caren Franzini Leadership Award at the 8th annual Women Business Leaders Forum, said, “I am proud to serve on the governing board of College Achieve, creating opportunities for youths with enormous potential and talent but limited resources.”

For more information, contact Dean Kanifa Dobson at kdobson@collegeachieve.org or call 862-319-4200.

About College Achieve Public Schools (CAPS): College Achieve Public Schools is a network of K-12 schools in Paterson, Plainfield, Asbury Park, and Neptune Township that was created to serve youth who have enormous potential but limited resources. Its mission is to prepare all students to excel in and graduate from the top colleges and universities in the nation.

A college-going culture is embedded in the curriculum, showing that college is an option for these families. College Achieve is filling a strong need for social services among its student population. They’re providing meals, laundry, uniforms, childcare, after-school programming, mental health attention, transportation and other vital social support to meet students where they are. During the pandemic, they were among the first to rise to meet the moment and embedded that across their culture/programs.

College Achieve is helping to form scholars who know themselves well and demonstrate grit and tenacity. CAPS prepares their scholars for college and the modern world. By helping our scholars develop a strong sense of self and a deep moral compass, they help them become responsible citizens in school and in life.

College Achieve knows that students at private and elite schools have more than just rigorous academics, which CAPS also provides. Students’ families’ networks at elite schools provide cultural and social currency that lower income families often miss. College Achieve is intent on providing those experiences, relationships and knowledge to offer their students another advantage after graduation.

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